Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

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I was so amazed and impressed with the efficiency and dedication of IFRE staff! I realized my flight times had changed the evening before my departure. However, Alex in Dallas quickly alleviated my anxieties and did so with exceptional character. When I contacted him at 10:30pm California time (12:30am in Texas and 5:30am in Ghana), Alex immediately put me on a conference call with Richard in Ghana. Richard answered despite it being very early in the morning and I was able to communicate my flight information directly to him. I felt very badly for contacting Alex so late and Richard so early, but they were both extremely friendly and sincere. I departed for my assignment feeling very comforted, knowing that such wonderful people are readily available to support me through my travels.
Once in Ofaakor, this dedication and kindness continued. Living arrangements were enjoyable in that volunteers shared a hostel with three other families. This allotted ample time spent interacting both with volunteers and the locals, from whom we learned a lot about the culture and lifestyle. The children living with us tirelessly taught us where to get water, how to do laundry, gave us drumming lessons, performed dances for us, and showed us where to get fanchoco, sweet rolls, and other goodies. Staff were also supportive and very accomodating. I was even able to partake in a trip to the Volta region and Cape Coast on one of my weekends.
One thing I would recommend is contacting the organization directly to get the most up to date information regarding your placement. Some of the information in the packet distributed to me by IFRE, especially the information regarding accomodations and placement were inaccurate.
Visiting Ghana was the best travel experience I've ever had because the people in Ghana were so friendly, the friendliest community of people I've ever met. I absolutely recommend volunteers to visit!

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Posted: September 15, 2010
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The Staff from the beginning to the end were wonderful. Hom the country coordinator was so wonderful, he made sure that every question we had was answered, we were conforable and all our needs were met. Hom has a great staff, the driver Gen was always on time and came when he said he would be there at the exact location he said he would be. When he put us on a bus to our sarfari he made sure there was someone on the other end to pick us up. If you get a chance to go to Chitwan to see the sarfari go and meet Rajandra he is such a nice man, so proud of his culture and loves to share it. Also the language and culture person was so good and very informative. We were taken around to the various temples and he knew so much about all of them. I cant say enough about the host family, Raj and his family opened there home to us treated us like family always made sure we were well treated. I was walking home from the medical clinic one day and Raj's brother saw me and he gave me a ride to his brothers home. Everyone was so kind and warm harted. I would recommend anyone to go to Nepal. Thank you for the experience.

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Posted: September 15, 2010
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By: Anonymous
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Well first thing about IFRE it is one of the cheapest abroad programs out there. I had a blast there. The great thing about this program is the freedom. You volunteer during the week and on weekends or even during the week you can travel the country and check things out. food is provided regularly and if not your can go in town and get good food for very cheap. i would say ghana is probably one of the best places to go abroad. Most of the traveling will be on your own with people you bring or the people you meet there. but everything is easily done.

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Posted: September 7, 2010
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Overall I found the program fantastic. I completed 1 week language and culture program and was not only impressed by Raj's teaching, but also felt welcome and comfortable at the hostel and it was great to be able to interact with other volunteers as well. I felt that it prepared for me my volunteer program and my stay in India. I would highly recommend it.
For my program, I was placed in women project. I enjoyed the program thoroughly. At all times throughout my placement I felt safe and looked after and I have memories and experiences that will stay with me for a a long time. It was truly an incredible and worthwhile experience.

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Posted: August 29, 2010
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By: Anonymous
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I've been in India for about a month now. I've had a really great experience so far. My host family and the people at the orphanage have treated me like family. I was a little worried at first being a single women traveling on my own, but Ragan from the India Office makes sure that all the drivers and host families are trust worthy. Also, I raised some money in Canada to do shopping for various charities. The money was sent to Rajan from the IFRE office in Texas. Once in India I received all the money and my host family helped me distribute the money. I highly recommend IFRE for first time volunteers traveling to Inida.

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Posted: August 25, 2010
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